Chalice (Cáliz)

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Chalice (Cáliz)

Mexico City, 1575-1578
Furnishings; Serviceware
Silver gilt, rock crystal, wood, and feathers
Height: 13 in. (33 cm); diameter: 9 in. (22.9 cm)
William Randolph Hearst Collection (48.24.20)
Currently on public view:
Resnick Pavilion, floor 1 MAP IT
Resnick Pavilion, floor 1

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Provenance

Lionel “Spanish” Harris, Chesterfield Gardens, London, c. 1912–1920s; William Randolph Hearst, c. 1920s; Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art (LACMA’s parent institution), 1948.

Label

Combining precious metals, feathers, boxwood carvings, and rock crystal, the “Hearst Chalice” stands out as one of the most complex works of sixteenth-century Mexican silversmithing....
Combining precious metals, feathers, boxwood carvings, and rock crystal, the “Hearst Chalice” stands out as one of the most complex works of sixteenth-century Mexican silversmithing. Used in ancient times and invested with sacred meaning, these materials were redeployed to create Christian objects, demonstrating an important level of agency for Native artists as they staked their place in the new body politic. Although mostly deteriorated, the feathers would have glistened with ambient light and motion, helping channel the spirit of the divine.
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Bibliography

  • Katzew, Ilona, ed. Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800: Highlights from LACMA’s Collection. Exh. Cat. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York: DelMonico Books/D.A.P., 2022.
  • Katzew, Ilona, ed. Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800: Highlights from LACMA’s Collection. Exh. Cat. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York: DelMonico Books/D.A.P., 2022.
  • Katzew, Ilona, and Rachel Kaplan. “‘Like the Flame of Fire’: A New Look at the ‘Hearst’ Chalice.” Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 3, no. 1 (2021).
  • Donahue, Kenneth. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Handbook. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1977.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  New York: Thames and Hudson, 2003.
  • Rishel, Joseph J., and Suzanne L. Stratton. The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art; Mexico City: Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso; and Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2006.
  • Levkoff, Mary L.. Hearst the collector. New York: Abrams and Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2008.
  • Kirkham, Pat, and Susan Weber, eds. History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000. New York: Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.
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Exhibition history

  • Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800 Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 12, 2022 - October 30, 2022